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At a D.C. Council breakfast on Tuesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her administration’s plan to close the D.C. General family shelter and replace it with smaller-scale facilities spread across the District—one in each ward. They would serve hundreds of families, but community and Council feedback are needed before implementation.


  • D.C. didn’t get much snow-accumulation overnight thanks to higher temperatures, but a winter-weather advisory remains in effect north of the District. [Post, WTOP]
  • Metro is running regularly today despite planning yesterday for reduced bus service. [Popville, City Desk]
  • The Federal Transit Administration says it will withhold funding from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia if they do not create a new safety-oversight body for Metro by next year. [WAMU]
  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has released an updated draft of the District’s proposed paid-leave legislation, which in part cuts the total number of weeks of paid leave an individual is eligible for. [WAMU]
  • Post editorial board: The District needs to look at the proposed paid-leave legislation “more carefully”. [Post]
  • Local fast-casual restaurant chain &pizza has some significant expansions planned for 2016. [DC Inno]


  • Ward 8 Race: Trayon White is again challenging LaRuby May for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat.
  • Slayed: Beyoncé won’t be coming to D.C. during her “Formation” world tour. But there’s always Baltimore…
  • River Sheen: As of Monday afternoon, the source of an oil spill into the Potomac River remained unclear.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Trayon White will take on LaRuby May again in Ward 8. [LL]
  • More on Kenyan McDuffie‘s anti-crime payments bill.  [Post]
  • Petula Dvorak says the bill isn’t as crazy as everyone says. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser nominates corporate lawyer to the elections board. [Times]
  • Post ed board backs Bowser, says Council should hit the brakes on family leave. [Post]
  • Potomac spill still a mystery. [City Desk]
  • Suspect arrested in school administrator attack. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Check out the bold new video for The Jarvik 6. [Bandwidth]
  • Here are the best D.C. entries in All Songs Considered’s Tiny Desk Contest. [DC Music Download]
  • Wait, did Beyoncé drop the word “bama” in her new music video? [Vulture]
  • Congress grants approval for a Smithsonian provost position. [Post]
  • Listen to a playlist of all the artists playing the inaugural Breakin’ Even Fest. [DC Music Download]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Best blind date spots in D.C. [BYT]
  • Spirits guru Jeff Faile is joining the Rose’s Luxury/Pineapple and Pearls [Post]
  • Hawthorne opens for American bistro fare on U Street NW. [Washingtonian]
  • The most romantic restaurants in 10 D.C. neighborhoods [Zagat]
  • Ivy and Coney will celebrate Fat Tuesday with free Polish snacks. [Borderstan]
  • Japanese program certifies authentic cuisine. [NPR]